More May RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Thor Motor Coach, Jayco, and Newmar Corp.

Thor Motor Coach

thor-255x144Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach is recalling 427 model year 2013-2014 Challenger, Four Winds 5000, Hurricane, Chateau, Chateau Sport, and Windsport; model year 2013 Palazzo and Four Winds Siesta and model year 2014 Majestic motorhomes manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 09, 2013.

If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowningly become damaged. A damaged motor may lead to an unfurling of the awning.
If motor damage occurs, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motorhome is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Thor Motor Coach will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Thor has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Thor at 1-877-855-2867 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdMiddlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 2,491 model year 2013-14 Eagle Premiere, Jay Feather Ultra Lite, Jay Flight, Jay Flight Swift, Octane, and White Hawk; model year 2013 Eagle, Eagle HT, Jay Flight Bungalow, Jay Flight Destination, Pinnacle, Redhawk and Seismic; and model year 2014 Precept recreational vehicles.

In these vehicles, if the awning installation sequence is not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage occurs, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motorhome is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Jayco will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the awning motor free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2013.

Owners may contact Jacyo at 1-800-283-8267 for more information.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation is recalling 111 model year 2013 Bay Star Sport, Ventana, and Ventana LE and model year 2013-2014 Bay Star, Canyon Star, and Dutch Star motorhomes. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage occurs, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motorhome is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Newmar will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error.

The manufacturer has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation is recalling 103 model year 2012-2013 Canyon Star motorhomes manufactured August 4, 2011, through February 19, 2013, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The affected vehicles may have missing reflectors on the rear cap.

The absence of reflectors could reduce the ability for others to see the motorhome, increasing the risk that another vehicle may crash into the motorhome.

Newmar will notify owners and dealers will install the required reflectors. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the fourteenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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